The proud lion of Sweden’s Nordic Battlegroup’s coat of arms has been emasculated because a group of female soldiers lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice.
Christian Braunstein, from the Tradition Commission of the Swedish Army, said: “We were forced to cut the lion’s willy off with the aid of a computer.”
Although the army was happy to make the changes in the interests of gender equality, the artist who designed the insignia was less than pleased.
“A heraldic lion is a powerful and stately figure with its genitalia intact and I cannot approve an edited image.
“The army lacks knowledge about heraldry. Once upon a time coats of arms containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the Crown.” Vladimir Sagerlund told the Göteborgs-Posten.